ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP Friends of the Earth has slammed Samsung's leap in first quarter profits due to the unsustainable materials it uses in smartphone production.
Samsung admitted this week that it uses tin in manufacturing its products, a material that Friends of the Earth alleged is sourced in ways that damage tropical forests, kill coral and disrupt communities in Indonesia.
Friends of the Eath has launched a campaign to get Samsung to reassess the materials it uses during smartphone production, and today slammed the firm for raking in bumper first quarter 2013 profits.
"Samsung's bumper profits come with a cost - it admitted this week to using tin in its products from mines that are wreaking havoc on communities and ecosystems in Indonesia," Friends of the Earth's head of campaigns Andrew Pendleton said on Friday.
"Samsung must keep its promise to work with industry to tackle this problem - and to prevent problems elsewhere, we need rules to help and require all companies to reveal their full human and environmental impacts.
Samsung has committed to changing the materials it uses, and the way it sources them. "Samsung Electronics works with numerous NGOs on many different subjects and will continue to do so in the future," a Samsung spokesperson said.
"We are committed to upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility, and we continue to evaluate our sourcing policies to ensure they comply with global standards associated with our industry."
Following Samsung's commitment to changing its ways, Friends of the Earth has set its sights firmly on Apple and is calling for the iPhone maker to take a leaf out of its rival's book.
An Apple spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "Apple's commitment to social responsibility extends to the source of raw materials used in the manufacturing of our products.
"We require that our suppliers only use materials that have been procured through a conflict-free process and from sources that adhere to our standards of human rights and environmental protection." µ